Lettuce, Northern Queen (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Green Butterhead. 50 days.
Beautiful, light-green butterhead that was popular in the 1950s in English gardens and farms. Quick to produce a medium-sized head. Cold and damp weather tolerant and resists bolting until the summer gets hot. Originally sold by Finney’s of Northumberland, England, before 1950. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by the Heritage Seed Library, England, during our visit there in 2007.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil year-round. Transplant into the garden at 1′ spacing 3-4 weeks after sprouting. Alternatively, direct sow March through September. In our area, lettuce can go through winter if protected. Succession sow for continual harvest.
Collect seeds when flowers are downy like dandelions. Cut seed heads and place upside down in a bag to dry for a few days. Knock seed heads against side of bucket or tote, rub downy fluff off seeds. Winnow and screen to clean.